Unity marks FFA Week

Unity High School’s FFA celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 18 through 25.
The ag shop played host to a chicken wing lunch on Tuesday and a pork chop lunch on Thursday, both open to the public. The FFA members deliver meals to companies that help sponsor their test plots and other projects throughout the year.

Read the full story in the March 2 issue of The County Star.

Unity East using alternative seating

Some classrooms at Unity East Elementary School are trying out a new education trend: alternative seating.
Over the summer, Unity East second-grade teacher Casey Garrison obtained money to buy balance ball chairs through, a website that connects teachers in high-need communities with donors who want to help.

LeFaivre retains crown as St. Thomas School’s geography bee champ

Evan LeFaivre correctly answered a question about which Central American country borders Colombia to retain his crown as the champion of the National Geographic School Bee at St. Thomas Catholic School. (Answer: Panama)

Holiday cheer

Carrie Busey Elementary School in Savoy held a sing-along of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s songs last Wednesday afternoon.

New housing prompts questions

Unit 7 school district Superintendent Andy Larson said he has been receiving “a lot of calls” about development going on in the Fieldstone subdivision south of Airport Road.

Contest winners recognized

Three students from both Unit 7 elementary schools were honored last week for being among the grand prize winners in a Red Ribbon Week bookmark contest.
Unity East Elementary School kindergartner Adam Wolken was a first-place winner.
Kindergarten through fifth grade winners received brand new bicycles, bookmarks with their entry and a pizza party for their class.

Unity West holds Halloween parade

Unity West Elementary School held a Halloween costume parade on Oct. 31.

MAP scores better than PARCC

The main topic of discussion at last Wednesday’s Unit 7 school board meeting was the district’s latest standardized test scores.

Students learn all about apples

St. Thomas Catholic School kindergartners learned all about apples during a presentation last Thursday.
University of Illinois Extension Educator Jamie Boas gave students a lesson on apples before having them sample five different kinds.
“Any time you eat apples you should wash them before – why?” Boas asked the kids.

Read the full story in the Oct. 6 issue of The County Star.

Unity schools to get surveillance cameras

The Unit 7 school board is looking into buying 12 new outdoor surveillance cameras to replace six cameras at Unity High School and Unity Junior High School.
Unit 7 Technology Coordinator Tim Gateley reported that he had sought bids from three different vendors. The lowest bid was from Barbeck Communications, which also supplies two-way radios to the district.

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